Sqeezing more shop into small space continues #3.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 08-01-2009 07:17 AM 1302 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Okay so I kept working on the shop tonight. The old Shop Vac Sawdust Collection system that hasn’t been quite working right is coming out, a commercial fire extinguisher went in, the router bit cases got moved to utilize space more efficiently, and the small parts bins got moved…

The bins are starting to fill in as well… The brackets are in for the next shelf addition, as well as the ladder hanger brackets for hanging up my folding sawhorses and miter saw stand…

I made huge progress in clearing out the cheapo plastic shelving on the other side of the shop preparing to remove it so that I can run dust collection, and electrical and move the large tools over to that side (which is a straight run from the shop vac and dust collector).

180+ beer bottles are now in a Rubbermaid “Brute” keg cooler type trash can soaking the labels off, which will be completed in the next day or so. I need to go to the brewers supply and get boxes for the bottles so I can stow them in the attic. Follow that up with more totes for the sporting goods and some SERIOUS dents in the mess are being made…

I am still trying to figure out what exactly to do with the wheelbarrow, lawn mower, smoker, charcoal grill, and pop up awning.

With any luck, and time given I figure I am going to get at least the handheld lawn equipment hung before the weekend is out… We will see if that really happens…

Like I stated previously, I only post these in hopes that I can be of SOME help to others. I hope y’all don’t mind…

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#1 posted 08-01-2009 03:03 PM

Great effort!
Sometimes when space is at premium, moving thing as little as dustbin would make a big different.
Keep moving dbhost!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 08-01-2009 03:27 PM

I lke the clamp rack. Mine are just hung on the end of the bench, when I can keep them off the floor.
Keep up the good work, and show us some turnings from the lathe.

May God Bless


-- Clement, from Longview in East Texas

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#3 posted 08-01-2009 11:15 PM

Thanks for the kind words. My turning skills are basic at best right now, but growing rapidly, actually bringing the lathe in was my tipping point. It just pushed my space to stuff ratio over the edge… And the giant piles of shavings it produces even AFTER dust collection (I need a better hood) are amzing!

I haven’t mentioned it on LJ yet but I married the worlds most wonderful woman about a year and a half ago… We are still trying to figure out how 2 complete households fit into one house. So my workshop being a shared space has undergone a LOT of trial, but even more error… I think I am on to something with this layout though. And you fine folks get to share my experience through my blog entries… I just hope they are more helpful than annoying. Some people don’t like seeing mundane stuff like this…

Just an aside Clement… He already has… :-)

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#4 posted 08-01-2009 11:18 PM

the more you can put else were the better your work area.

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#5 posted 08-03-2009 06:06 PM

Since I have been asked, I will post the answer here for all to see. I received a question as to what that “green thing over the gray bins” is…

Unfortunately I do NOT have a photo of the object in question, but it IS a Pelican Excursion 146DLX 14’6” touring canoe. (Complete with maple seats and thwart). I currently do NOT have a good storage solution for the boat that will get it out of the shop. However the lathe usually isn’t that far tot the right. And the boat is hanging low so that I can access the attic stairs. I have never been real happy with the hanger system I mounted to the trusses. In the long run, I want to build a lockable storage locker against the fence to protect it from the elements and get it OUT of the shop… That is NOT going to happen this time of year though… And I have other fence projects to finish first…

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